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5 Ways to Rock Your Resume Today (Part 4)

Welcome to part 4 of “5 Ways to Rock Your Resume.” This series is about 5 ways to optimize your resume for your job search. To recap, we have talked about the following sections:

  • The Executive Summary

  • The Core Competencies Section

Today we will talk about the next section, “Professional Experience,” also called “Experience Summary,” or “Work Experience.” Simply put, this is the section where you discuss your recent and relevant jobs.

Recent means that this section should only go back about 10 years. Relevant means that you only want to list positions related to your job goal. For example, if you’re applying for a job as a paramedic, you don’t need to list your experience as a bartender.

Each entry in this section should be a mixture of paragraphs and bullets.You want to have a brief paragraph describing your overall job tasks.You want the bullet points to highlight your accomplishments.

What do you mean by accomplishments?

Accomplishments are the concrete, measurable ways that you made each company better. Look at the following example.

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Here are some questions to consider when trying to brainstorm accomplishments for each position:

  1. What does your current boss praise you for?

  2. Do you have quotas or goals in your job? Are you able to meet or exceed them?

  3. Were you hired to help the company solve a particular problem?

  4. Have you been rewarded with any additional responsibility?

  5. Have you done anything to improve customer relationships for the company?

  6. Have you done anything to improve communications, either internally or externally?

  7. What are you most proud of?

  8. What teams have you been part of?

  9. What would your coworkers say about you?

  10. What do you enjoy the most about your job?

  11. How did you go above and beyond what was required?

  12. Have you ever been promoted because of your work performance?

  13. How have you increased your company’s sales or profits?

  14. Did you recruit new customers for the company?

  15. Have you saved the company money?

If all this seems overwhelming, you can always reach out to me for help. Click here to schedule a free resume strategy session.

Tomorrow we will talk about the education section of the resumes.